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Professional Photography

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Behind-the-lens training with a focus on building a business

A professional photographer's job is to create images that evoke thought and emotion while achieving the client's objectives. The subject might be a bride on her wedding day, a child at play, or a product for an advertisement. Versatile, highly skilled photographers are in demand now more than ever. ACC's Photographic Technology Program provides students a range of focused learning options using the latest digital technology. Perhaps most importantly, students acquire the business know-how to make a living as a photographer. Associate of Applied Science degrees are available with specializations in Advertising/Fashion, Editorial Photography, Photo Artist, Portrait/Wedding, and Visual Mixed Media. Three-semester certificates for Photographic Artist and Digital Assistant are offered as well.

What skills can I gain?

Students get expertise in the technical aspects of camera controls, composition, lighting style, posing, and the ever-expanding digital darkroom.

Associate degree students build a foundation of core academic and photographic classes before choosing their area of specialization, either Advertising/Fashion, Editorial Photography, Photo Artist, Portrait/Wedding, or Visual Mixed Media. Students can further personalize their education through the addition of various specialties, such as photojournalism, architectural, landscape, close-up/macro, expressive photography, and higher levels of photo computer imaging.

With the Digital Assistant Certificate, the student gains knowledge in photographic technology software and the digital capture of images. The objective of this certificate is to prepare students to work with photographers, art directors, and designers in the areas of the digital lab and administrative support.

Photographic Artist Certificate students concentrate on print-finishing and the restoration or retouching of photos. The sit-down nature of this program makes it a good option for the mobility impaired.

How long will it take to earn a degree or certificate?

It typically takes students at least two years to complete an associate degree in Photographic Technology. The certificates require at least three semesters of study.

Where can I work with this education?

Photographers enjoy a vast array of self-employment opportunities. Typically, graduates work in advertising and marketing, as portrait or wedding photographers, as photographer's assistants, or as digital artists.

How do I get started at ACC and where can I find out about financial aid?

Visit ACC's future student's page for admissions information. The financial aid page has links for eligibility and applications.

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